John S. Wilson grew up in Philadelphia going to a church where the pastor was a “Morehouse Man” — meaning someone who had graduated from Atlanta’s Morehouse College.
“I think he preached about Morehouse as much as he preached about Jesus,” Wilson said. “I followed that path.”
On Jan. 28, Wilson became the 11th president of Morehouse College, one of the most influential historically black colleges in the nation. As the new president of Morehouse, Wilson is intense in his focus to strengthen his alma mater for generations to come and have it fulfill its legacy as the college that nurtured Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard H. Jackson and so many others.
Upon graduating from high school, Wilson actually thought he was going to go to college in Pennsylvania. He already had enrolled and even had a key to his dorm room. But at the last minute (in July 1975), he changed his mind and decided he really “needed” to go to Morehouse. Calls were made, and he was told to come down to Atlanta sight unseen.
“From the start, it felt right,” Wilson said. “When my classmates started coming — Martin Luther King III, Spike Lee — we all became friends.”
Today it’s hard to imagine anyone who could be better prepared to lead Morehouse at this point in its history — the 100th anniversary of being called Morehouse College.
Wilson graduated from Morehouse in 1979 and went on to Harvard University for advanced degrees. He spent 16 years at MIT in various administrative roles, leading up to serving as director of foundation relations and assistant provost.
New President Of Morehouse, John S. Wilson, Has A ‘Cathedral Vision For The Future Of Black Colleges’
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